What is difference Between Body Butters, Balms, Salves, Ointments, Liniments, Tinctures, Herbal Infused Oils, Herbal Infused Vinegars, Lotions and Creams? Body butters are usually made out of a combination of carrier oil (liquid fats) and butters (like cocoa butter, etc. So solid fat) and often a wax (like beeswax). It does not contain water. It really is a thicker and harder product than a cream or cream (though it melts on the skin on contact), and takes much longer to absorb often. Butters also refer to just the butters/solid fats themselves, such as cocoa, shea, mango, or kukui butter. They vary in hardness and consistency, and absorbancy; some may leave a slight oily hurdle on your skin, among others may instantly absorb.
A balm or salve is similiar to a body butter except it may or may not have butters in it, and body butters contain a higher percentage of butters than salves or balms. Salves and Balms are created with carrier oil and a wax, and sometimes solid fats/butters. They do not contain water. As to the difference between a balm and a salve, this will depend who you ask.
Most herbalists, aromatherapists, and skin care authors mention that there surely is no difference. From looking at products on the market, I always thought salves were usually made with herb infused natural oils (see below for definition), while balms were made out of either non-infused or infused carrier natural oils, and could contain essential natural oils. Looking at meals though, there is certainly little difference between the two, and in regards to what each product is called, it depends upon the herbalist/writer/crafter!
I swear I once read someplace that there is an improvement but I cannot seem to think it is now! Many authors also say that balms or salves are essentially the identical to an ointment. For some reason I cannot fathom, I usually thought that ointments were made out of the same ingredients but that these were thinner/softer in texture since they usually contained less wax.
But all of my sources mention they are the same thing, therefore i just will need to have been thinking of something else! I’ve found several different definitions on just what a liniment is. They are created for external software for your skin, to soothe or disinfect. Basically you infuse herbs in a solvent. The difference in opinion that I’ve seen is the type of solvent. One source said that the solvent is witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, while another said it is a carrier essential oil (and made it a point to say a liniment didn’t contain wax like a salve).
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Another book got a bunch of different dishes that included solvents or thickeners such as wax, oil, alcoholic beverages, or cider vinegar. I assume the true definition is any infused organic solvent for exterior/skin usage! A tincture is basically when you infuse herbal remedies in alcohol or glycerin. Some books also mention cider vinger, though most have a tendency to think of infused vinegar as a different product totally. A tincture is for internal use, but it can be used by you for external use too. Tinctures are a concentrated product highly.
Many herbalists prefer using tinctures, as they have an extended shelf life than fresh or dried herbal products, plus they utilize less shelf space. An organic infused vinegar is natural herbs infused in vinegar, apple cider vinegar usually, and occasionally red wine vinegar. There are many cosmetic, medicinal, as well as food uses of infused vinegars.
Herbal infused natural oils are natural herbs infused in a carrier oil, such as olive or other carrier oils befitting your skin type. There are many cosmetic, medicinal, and food uses. You can also make organic vinegars and natural oils by adding a few drops of essential natural oils. While these can be utilized for cosmetic purposes, they are not recommended for intake, since essential oils are very focused plant chemicals.
Herbal natural oils make awesome aromatherapy body, shower, and massage oils. Lastly, all natural body lotions or creams are made with oils and waters (water, aloe, hydrosol, natural infusion, etc) and also either a wax (like beeswax), thickener (like xanthan gum), and/or other emulsifier (like borax). It can have butters/solid fat in it, however, not always. Creams are slimmer, and ‘runnier’ than body butters. Lotions are slimmer than creams, as they contain a higher percentage of drinking water than creams.